Are you planning to travel or move to Los Cabos? It is easier to plan your stay in Los Cabos when you have an idea of the cultural traditions and events. In Los Cabos, you have tons of events to choose from. The place is not only brimming with festivals and events but also shining with tons of activities and recreational pursuits. Here is a list of events in Los Cabos all-year-round. Have fun discovering their culture and enjoy their music, food, and traditions.
1st – New Year’s Day
The celebration for New Year’s Eve continues with festivities, parades, and fireworks. There are also agricultural fairs in rural places.
17th – Feast Day of San Antonio de Abad
It is a Mexican religious holiday where the Catholic Church lets animals enter the sacred church for a blessing.
2nd – Candlemas
It is also known as Dia de la Candelaria. People celebrate the arrival of spring with candlelight processions, food, music, and dance.
4th – Constitution Day
On this day, there are official speeches and ceremonies in Mexico.
14th – Friendship Day
This holiday is comparable to Valentine’s Day where love and friendship are celebrated.
12th to 17th – Carnaval
Before fasting for the Lenten season, this celebration is held first to indulge with festive food and drinks. There are parades on the streets.
24th – Flag Day
This is a national holiday in Mexico where people honor the Mexican flag.
2nd week – Festival of San Jose del Cabo
The patron saint for the City is Saint Joseph. Locals celebrate and honor the saint in an 11-day festival. Typically, there are evening parties and music.
21st – Birthday of Benito Juarez
Benito Juarez is Mexico’s first president. People commemorate him, together with other most honored heroes, with festivities.
March 30 to April 4 – Holy Week and Easter or Semana Santa
This week ends the Lenten season. People celebrate Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday. There are traditional and religious parades on these days.
30th – Día del Niño
Dia del Nino is not a state holiday. It is a traditional holiday in Mexico that honors children.
1st – Día del Trabajo
On this day, Mexicans commemorate the union movements of Mexican workers. It is their version of Labor Day.
5th – Cinco de Mayo Battle of Puebla
Cinco de Mayo is a day for Mexicans to commemorate the victory of the country against French forces in the 1862 Battle of Puebla. It may seem like it is a celebration of independence but it is not their Independence Day.
8th – Natalicio de Miguel Hidalgo
Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla is considered as an Independence War Hero in Mexico. In celebration of his heroic acts, Mexico celebrates his birthday annually.
10th – Día de las Madres
This holiday is comparable to Mother’s Day in the United States but different in a way that this holiday is celebrated on a fixed date which is always May 10th every year. It is a non-state holiday where moms are celebrated and honored.
15th – Día del Maestro
Dia de Maestro is another non-state holiday where teachers, teacher aides, and other members of the academe in the education system are honored and praised.
23rd – Día del Estudiante
In Mexico, education and freedom from any political interference in college or university level are significant for the people and students. This is why they honor students on this day. It is also a non-state holiday.
1st – Mexican Navy Day
The Mexican nation also honors the hard work and sacrifices of the Mexican Navy who not only protects their lands but also their seas.
3rd to 4th – Gala de Danza
This year, you will witness amazing and world-class dance performances at the Cultural Pavilion in Los Cabos. Enjoy spectacular dance performances from different genres; from the traditional dances like classical ballet and Latin ballroom to contemporary styles.
7th – Dia de Corpus Christi
Mexico is a Christian country. On this annual religious festival, expect to see religious parades and church services.
7th to 12th – Surf and Music Fest
This is one of the biggest surf festivals in Mexico. People enjoy music and good food on this day. There are also surfing competitions featuring the world’s best surfers.
12th – Día Contra la Explotacion Infantil
On this day, Mexico spends a day against child exploitation. According to Alfonso Navarrete, the Labor Secretary of Mexico, there is approximately 2.5M exploited children in their country.
18th – Día del Padre
This non-state holiday is observed every third Sunday of June where fathers are honored and celebrated.
21st – Fiesta de la Musica
As its name suggests, expect a fun-filled music festival on this day. This event is held in different venues in the historic downtown San Jose del Cabo. Listen to diverse musicians from different genres.
25th to 28th – Torneo Anual de Estrellas y Rayas
Aside from tournaments, there will be themed dinners and live music on this day.
23rd to 26th – Annual Stars & Stripes Fishing and Golf Tournament
This annual fishing and golf tournament is not just about competitions. It also supports many children’s organization in Southern California. It is a competition for a cost.
16th – Fiesta of the Virgin of Carmen
This feast is to celebrate the Virgin of Carmen who is believed to be the protector of the Mexican Nation. On this day, you will see craft vendors, parades, puppeteers, bull fight, and fishing tournaments.
24th – Día Nacional del Tequila
The National Tequila Day is a non-official holiday where Mexicans appreciate Tequila. Tequila is popular in Los Cabos but you can surely experience Los Cabos without the tequila shots. It’s your choice!
25th – Festival of Saint James
On this day, Mexicans hold parades and festivities. Expect to see riders in white horses and battlefield reenactment at the town square. There will be parties on the streets and most shops will be closed.
15th – Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
The day dedicated to celebrating the departure of Virgin Mary from Earth to Heaven. There are parades with processions of musical bands. There are also floats that show the life of Virgin Mary. It is best to eat on restaurants on this day because they offer feast-style dinner buffet until wee hours.
28th – Día del Abuelos
If there is a day for mothers, fathers, and children, there is also a day dedicated to grandparents. The day was celebrated in the US since 1978 but was elevated to an international level in 1982 and was adopted in Mexico.
1st – Annual State of the Union
The President of Mexico delivers the State of the Union address in autumn.
4th – Charro Day
Expect to see parades through town in the morning featuring Mexican charros or cowboys. They wear traditional clothing featuring jackets, pants, and sombreros or hats. All throughout the day, there are festivities and at night, there are bullfights, calf roping, dancing, and lots of traditional Mexican food.
8th – Dia de Nuestra Senora
This is a local Baja holiday. On this day, people celebrate the founding of Baja’s first mission to Loreto.
13th – Día de Los Niños Héroes
In the 1847 Battle of Chapultepec, young cadets became young heroes when they defended Mexico City’s Chapultepec Castle. This day is a commemoration of their heroic acts.
15th – Grito de Dolores
The day marks the beginning of the War of Independence against Spain. According to Mexican History, the first ‘grito’ or cry for the war happened in a church chapel in Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato.
15th to 16th – Día de la Independencia
Independence day in Mexico.
30th – Natalicio de José Maria Morelos y Pavón
This day is dedicated to the memories of Father José María Morelos y Pavón, one of Mexico’s founding fathers who lead the Mexican War of Independence Movement. He was born on September 30, 1765.
12th – Festival del Dia de Nuestra Señora del Pilar Todos Santos
On this day, the founding of Todos Santos is celebrated. The celebration is named after her because Nuestra Señora del Pilar is the patron saint of Todos Santos. The festival usually lasts for 5 days. You can expect to see live music
12th – Descubrimiento de América Dia de la Raza
This is same as Columbus Day in the US. Mexicans also celebrate the discovery of the Americas by Christopher Columbus in 1492.
18th – Fiesta o Festival de Cabo San Lucas
The celebration dedicated to the patron saint of Cabo San Lucas. As usual, streets are filled with parties and most shops are closed. Expect lots of dancing, live music, and food.
31st – Halloween
Mexico celebrates Halloween on October 31. It is hailed mainly as a festivity for children so expect to see cute kids in costumes asking for sweet treats.
1st – Día de Todos Los Santos
A day dedicated to honoring all dead relatives and loved ones who are 18 years and younger. It is not a state holiday. People leave candles, food, and flowers on altars and graves on this day.
2nd – Día de Los Fieles Difuntos, also Dia de Los Muertos
Another non-state holiday dedicated to honoring all adult dead relatives and loved ones. There are late night celebrations with music and food.
20th – Día de la Revolución
Every 3rd Monday of November, Mexicans commemorate the beginning of the Mexican Revolution by Francisco Madero in 1910.
24th(tentative) – Sabor a Cabo or Flavors of Cabo
On this day, the 9th Annual CANIRAC event will be held. It is a gastronomy and wine event.
12th – Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe or Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe
Another non-state religious holiday that commemorates the day Our Lady Guadalupe showed up on Tepeyac Hill to Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin.
13th – Los Cabos Humane Society 9th Annual Christmas Charity Gala
The 9th Annual Christmas Charity Gala will be presented by The Los Cabos Humane Society. This year, they will feature “A Night in New York”, an all-star Best of Broadway show, and a special “Tribute to Tina Turner”
16th to 24th – Las Posadas
This is a traditional and religious practice where the New Testament story of Mary and Joseph’s search for shelter in Bethlehem is commemorated. Expect to see locals with their candlelight processions and festive stops at various nativity scenes and parties.
24th – Nochebuena
This is a world-wide holiday. Do expect to see Mexican food like tamales, buñuelos, and champurrado.
25th – Navidad
On this day, people attend mass, relax, and spend time with family.
28th – Dia de Los Santos Innocentes
This is a day similar to April Fools’ Day where people do practical jokes to friends and family.
31st – Año Nuevo Vìspera
This day is celebrated worldwide but there is something unique to how Mexicans celebrate it. Their New Year’s Eve celebrations typically include eating 12 grapes, one with each chime of the clock during the midnight countdown. It is believed that each grape represents a wish.
From state holidays, non-state holidays, to annual local events, these celebrations will surely let you feel that Mexican vibe you are looking for. Wishing you a joyful stay in Los Cabos!